Canadian GP: Jaguar preview

Jaguar Racing travels to Montreal (Canada) this week to compete in the eighth round of the Formula One World Championship. After a frustrating end to the Monaco Grand Prix the team in conjunction with partners Cosworth Racing and Pi Research has...

Jaguar Racing travels to Montreal (Canada) this week to compete in the eighth round of the Formula One World Championship. After a frustrating end to the Monaco Grand Prix the team in conjunction with partners Cosworth Racing and Pi Research has been working hard both on and off-track to understand and correct the issues that forced both Mark Webber (26) and Antonio Pizzonia (22) to retire from the race.

After a two-day test at Ford's private testing ground in Lommel (Belgium) the team is encouraged by the steps taken and is looking forward to getting back on track at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, where the overtaking opportunities always make for an exciting race. With long straights and only moderate to low downforce required the R4 should be comfortable on-track but as always until Friday free testing it is difficult to know how driver and machine will fair.

David Pitchforth - Managing Director:

"Having completed a successful issue-free track programme on the Thursday and Saturday prior to the Monaco race we were unfortunate to have neither car finish Sunday's race. In order to understand these issues Cosworth and Pi have spent the last week with us working here at the factory and in Lommel with Mark testing for us for two days. We are now looking forward to Montreal, although we are more than aware of the difficulties that this circuit poses. Last year many of the cars had cooling system problems because of the air-pollen. Whether or not we face the same this time around we will not actually know until Friday free testing."

"The circuit should actually suit the R4 because of the medium to low downforce required. We have taken some good steps forward in the last twelve months on our aero-package but like everything we still have a long way to go before we will achieve what we know we are capable of. Both drivers were here at the factory in Milton Keynes (UK) and with Cosworth Racing (UK) last week and the motivation within the team remains high"

Mark Webber:

"Montreal is a great place and for me, one of the best races. A combination of the friendly people off-track and the good overtaking opportunities on-track makes for a good weekend. The track should suit the R4, with its medium to low downforce and long straights we are looking forward to having a good package. I have spent two days testing this week and we have been addressing the issues that we suffered in Monaco. I also visited the factory in Milton Keynes and Cosworth Racing in Northampton last week and I am pleased to see that the team is so upbeat."

"Our relationship with Michelin is good and they have been producing some competitive compounds and basically doing a fantastic job. History dictates that they work well in Montreal so of course we will be looking to reward them for their hard work. I leave for Canada on Monday as I am hoping to get some extra training in, perhaps some mountain-biking, as the area is perfect for this."

Antonio Pizzonia:

"Everything about the Canadian Grand Prix will be new to me, as I have never visited the circuit or the country before. From what I have heard about both I think I am going to have a good time there. I have watched it on television and see what the other drivers have said about it so have an impression of a circuit that I have even seen likened to Melbourne. It is a medium to low downforce circuit and I think the engineers have a very critical job in finding the correct downforce level."

"It is a circuit where overtaking is possible, good brakes are very important and I get the impression that you have to be very precise about where you position the car on the track. While I was disappointed with the final result from Monaco, I felt we made a few steps forward over the weekend. Up to Sunday the car had been reliable and I had been able to do a lot of laps. I would like to continue with this theme in Montreal and the finish line would be a good result for me in Canada".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Mark Webber , Gilles Villeneuve
Teams Jaguar Racing